Ethical Standards for Marriage & Family Therapists

March 03, 2009 4:24 PM | Anonymous
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are dedicated to advancing the welfare of individuals and families. They respect the rights of those persons seeking their assistance, and make reasonable efforts to ensure that their services are used appropriately.

MFTs do not disclose client confidences except as required by law, or when permission has been granted by the client.

MFTs terminate or transfer a client when it is reasonably clear to the therapist that the client is not benefiting from their therapeutic relationship.

MFT's are legally and ethically prohibited from having sexual contact with clients or their spouses. For further information, the California Department of Consumer Affairs publishes a pamphlet about this entitled, "Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex." To obtain copies of this pamphlet, contact the board of Behavioral Sciences, at 400 "R" Street, Suite #3150, Sacramento, CA 95814

For the complete text of ethical standards, go to and click on "What Is CAMFT?" 

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